Cowboy Up

Another Good Go Round
With attendance numbers that kept rising - from over 7,900 in 2010 to almost 9,000 in 2011, and over 10,000 in 2012. Event planners were so thrilled that they didn’t waste any time to sign the contract calling Allen home for their 2013 event!

The Tom Thumb Texas Stampede returned to Allen Event Center November 8-9, 2013. This no holds barred rodeo competition pitted the best rodeo athletes against the best rodeo stock in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, team roping and barrel racing.
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The Best Riders Meet The Best Location
Adding to the success of this event during its first three years is the ace-high location at Allen Event Center. With a national brand hotel as a neighbor, the facility sits within a prime shopping and dining destination at The Village at Allen. Best of all, the indoor arena handles it all! From a sheet of ice for hockey to green soccer turf, the arena sported truckloads of dirt for this wild west event.
Outside, shopping grounds make way for stomping grounds as livestock filled the bottom floor of a parking garage and the adjacent lot. Petting zoo, pony rides and other attractions added to the draw of this two-day event.

In addition to the rodeo, event planners hosted other shindigs like the Tom Thumb Cattle Drive in late October 2013. With dedicated holding and staging areas, the cattle came right through the urban landscape of The Village at Allen to promote the upcoming rodeo. Sidestepping its western roots for a day, the Texas Stampede organization also hosted a charity golf tournament on Allen’s premier golf course, The Courses at Watters Creek.
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A Reason For Riding
“The Tom Thumb Texas Stampede is a rodeo with a cause! And we keep getting better! We are a 501c3 organization that was started in 2001 with the intention of making every second count for children’s charities in North Texas. We do this by putting on a fully PRCA sanctioned rodeo that provides entertainment and an avenue for the whole family to experience a true western experience that brings out the inner cowboy in all of us,” said Zandy Carnes, executive director of Texas Stampede, Inc.
And, did we mention that Allen loves good causes? This event brought out our hankering to help. Local businesses, like Texas Presbyterian Hospital Allen and The Village at Allen, stepped up to help sponsor the rodeo. The Allen High School Future Farmers of America and area equestrian groups were on hand helping wrangle livestock as well as a few stray ropers and riders.

With the success of three years under our belt all we could do was to hold on to our hats, because we knew the fourth year was sure to be a good go round!
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